Top Eight

Your Thursday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top eight CNS stories for today including a chaotic geopolitical map surrounds the European Union as its national leaders meet in Brussels this week; A human rights group and law professors filed a complaint challenging the Trump administration’s sanctions targeting the International Criminal Court; Joe Biden launched a new ad campaign tailored around the former vice president’s Catholic faith, and more.  

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National

1.) The Trump administration’s civil and criminal sanctions against anyone helping the International Criminal Court probe possible U.S. war crimes in Afghanistan are illegal and unconstitutional, a human rights group and law professors claim in a federal lawsuit Thursday. 

(AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

2.) In an effort to pull Christian voters away from President Trump, Joe Biden launched a new ad campaign Thursday tailored around the former vice president’s Catholic faith and values.

(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

3.) After the highly contentious — and unprecedented — presidential debate in Cleveland this week, new polling data shows that half of voters believe former Vice President Joe Biden outperformed President Donald Trump during the event, even if they felt the whole affair was a rather unpleasant one.

(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Regional

4.) Texas Governor Greg Abbott has come out against two rival plans to ship highly radioactive waste from the nation’s nuclear power plants to sites on the Texas-New Mexico border, saying either plan would be unsafe and would threaten the region’s sprawling Permian Basin oilfield.

(Photo courtesy of Waste Control Specialists)

5.) In a unanimous decision, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Amazon is not liable for the death of a high school student caused by an overdose of caffeine powder. 

(AP Photo/Steve Manheim, The Chronicle Telegram)

International

6.) A chaotic geopolitical map surrounds the European Union as its national leaders meet in Brussels this week to deal with multiple crises at the bloc’s edge.

(Johanna Geron, Pool via AP)

7.) EU member states cannot ban each other from advertising pharmaceuticals across borders, the European Union’s high court ruled Thursday. 

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

8.) European Union countries can require origin labels on milk and other food products, with certain conditions, the EU’s top court held Thursday. 

(Courthouse News photo/Molly Quell)
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